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How did Sunday Mirror Access Rio Ferdinand's Mobile Phone Calls?

Although Rupert Murdoch has shouldered most of the blame for the illegal phone-hacking scandal, other high-profile media professionals and organisations stand accused of similar offences.

During the inquiry attended by Rupert and his son earlier this week, Conservative MP Louise Mensch suggested former News of the World and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan hacked into voicemail messages and knew his journalists did the same.

Obviously, Morgan denies the allegations (see the video below), but is yet to explain exactly how his (Mirror) reporter James Scott found out about England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson’s affair with TV presenter Ulrika Johnson, back in 2002.

Likewise, Morgan’s employer at the time, Trinity Mirror, should reveal how the Sunday Mirror procured details of every phone call and text Rio Ferdinand made and received on the day he claimed his mobile was switched off, causing him to miss a drugs test.

Furthermore, according to a 2006 government report into privacy, the Daily Mail, People and Mail on Sunday newspapers each obtained far more illegal personal information from private investigators than Murdoch’s News of the World.

In the second video, when MPs ask if his newspaper ever published stories based on information from a hacked phone, Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre nods his head, but says ‘absolutely not’. A clear case of mixed message, surely?


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Tags politics, media, Rio Ferdinand, news of the world, Rupert Murdoch, Mail on Sunday, British newspapers, Piers Morgan, Daily Mail, Louise Mensch, Daily Mirror, James Scott, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Ulrika Johnson, Trinity Mirror, Sunday Mirror, People newspaper
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